In order to branch out from the rock ‘n’ roll genre, Rod Stewart is attempting to do so more than 60 years after he first began performing.
The Grammy winner revealed in a recent interview with BBC Breakfast that he will soon release a new album in the swing genre, following his upcoming summer tour.
Stewart said, in response to host Charlie Stayt’s observation that “rockstars are performing into incredible ages now,” “I am actually stopping.”
The 78-year-old performer said to the publication, “I’m not retiring, but I want to go on. I want to proceed in that route since I had success with The Great American Songbook and I recently worked with Jools Holland on a swing record that will be released the following year.
In addition, Stewart said that he wanted “to leave the rock ‘n’ roll stuff behind, for a while.”
The musician went on to say that he is at a “good place” with the pivot and that everything must finish sooner or later.
Stewart expressed his excitement for trying new things, notably singing with Jools’ band. In any case, it approaches rock ‘n’ roll; it simply lacks “Maggie May” and “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee began his musical career in the early 1960s and has since played in a number of bands, including the popular Faces. Since the release of his debut solo album, An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down, in 1969, he has achieved success with songs like “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright),” “You’re in My Heart (The Final Acclaim),” and the aforementioned.
In the 2000s, Stewart performed songs from The Great American Songbook for a number of CDs. In 2009, Stewart veered towards the soul genre with the release of his album Soulbook.
He’s about to start a tour of Europe that will go until July 22. The following week, he’ll travel to North America for a run of performances that will last through September. In November, he will resume his Las Vegas residency after performing a few times in Brazil and more times in North America.